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Japan’s NHK orders feature doc from Icon Films

UK prodco Icon Films and Botswana’s Natural History Film Unit are set to deliver a feature length doc exploring the Okavango Delta for broadcast on Japan’s NHK. Using the latest filming technology veteran natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink, and his team at Natural History Film Unit, will film over a full seasonal cycle on the Delta, revealing the story […]

Channel 4: Jackson doc on track to be most streamed show

Dan Reed’s Leaving Neverland doc about Michael Jackson is on track to become Channel 4’s biggest streamed or downloaded show, according to CEO Alex Mahon. Speaking at Keshet’s INTV conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday (12 March), Mahon said that the film has been a “huge commercial success” for the broadcaster. Originally commissioned out of C4, […]

Amazon gets European exec teams in place as it “bulks up” unscripted

Amazon is staffing up across Europe with commissioning and business affairs teams in major markets, while “bulking up” unscripted efforts as it looks for more reality and documentary fare out of the UK and Spain. Georgia Brown, director of European originals at Amazon, said the business is going through a “heavy period of investment” as […]

Chinese think tank seeks UK partner for $1.5m doc

A Chinese think tank is searching for a UK specialist production company to partner with on a new documentary project worth $1.5m (£1.2m). The senior producer of the documentary project Ms Huang Wei is visiting London this week as a participant in Pact’s UK China Creative Exchange programme with the aim of collaborating with a […]

China’s BesTV to host BBC Earth branded space

BBC Studios is to launch a BBC Earth branded space on BestTV in China, which boasts 46m subscribers across the territory. BesTV is a Chinese pay-TV service provider placed across 31 cities in China, and a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. From 1 April 2019, BesTV subscribers will be able to access premium BBC Earth […]

Amazon Studios greenlights James May travel doc

Amazon Studios has commissioned a six-part unscripted series with The Grand Tour presenter James May, titled Our Man In…Japan. Fifteen years after May first visited Japan as a baffled tourist, he embarks on a quest to understand the unique, extraordinary and complex country. He will embark on an epic journey across all of Japan from […]

Michael Jackson doc draws 2.4m to Channel 4 amid London protests

Dan Reed’s feature doc Leaving Neverland garnered a peak audience of 2.4m for the UK’s Channel 4 amid protests at the channel’s London headquarters. The controversial HBO/Channel 4 co-production, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to great acclaim, centres on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuk, who claim they were sexually […]

Kew Media receives “unprecedented” interest in Jackson doc

Kew Media Distribution says it has received “unprecedented” interest in Channel 4/HBO doc Leaving Neverland and has brokered over 130 deals around the world. Through a host of individual and pan-territory deals, multiple countries are set to air the two-part doc after a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the line-up of channels […]

Australia’s ABC reveals new slate of factual content

Australian broadcaster ABC has revealed a new slate of high-end docs with a focus on the territory. The list includes The Australian Dream, written by Stan Grant and featuring footballer Adam Goodes, which chronicles the national conversation that took place after Goodes was racially vilified during an AFL match. The feature length documentary is a […]

Nine Network, UKTV link for ‘Outback Vet’

Australia’s Nine Network is partnering with UKTV’s natural history channel Eden on docuseries Outback Vet.  The 4 x 60-minute doc series was commissioned by Nine Network – which will title the show Desert Vet for the Australian market – with pre-investment from UKTV. The programme will be produced by Everyday Gourmet producer Parade and digital prodco Projucer, which have a […]